The Captive (2014 film)
|Directed by||Atom Egoyan|
|Music by||Mychael Danna|
|Running time||140 minutes|
The Captive, formerly Queen of the Night, is a 2014 Canadian thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan and co-written with David Fraser. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, and Alexia Fast. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Cassandra ws a local girl who was kidnapped eight years ago, with many not knowing why. Now a small number of people are out to find the answers as well as find Cassandra after some clues appear suggesting she may be alive.
- Ryan Reynolds as Matthew
- Scott Speedman as Jeffrey
- Rosario Dawson as Nicole
- Mireille Enos as Tina
- Kevin Durand as Mika
- Alexia Fast as Cass
- Peyton Kennedy as Young Cass
- Bruce Greenwood as Vince
- Brendan Gall as Teddy
- Aaron Poole as Mike
- Jason Blicker as Sam
- Aidan Shipley as Albert
- Ian Matthews as Willy
- Christine Horne as Vicky
- Ella Ballentine as Jennifer
- Ryan Racette as Correctional Officer
- Jim Calarco as a Manager
- Chad Racette as 2011–2013 Officer
The shooting of the film began in February 2013 in Sudbury, Ontario. Ahead of its première on 16 May 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival, distributor A24, in partnership with DirecTV, purchased the U.S. rights to the film.
The first official US trailer for the film was released on 10 July 2014.
Before its release, the film has been received negatively. Justin Chang from Variety described the film as "a ludicrous abduction thriller that finds a once-great filmmaker slipping into previously un-entered realms of self-parody". Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian commented "it looks worryingly as if Egoyan has taken a serious issue and burdened it to breaking point and beyond with his own indulgent, naïve and exploitative fantasies". Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times compliments moments when the film "hints at emotions and mysteries with a delightful subtlety for a while", but remarks that it includes "some wild plots and conspiracies that wouldn't be out of place in the most fantastical spy novel".
- "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- Howell, Peter. "We Shoot, We Score at Cannes festival". Toronto Star, 18 April 2014, p. E1.
- "Egoyan film gets $1 million from NOHFC". Sudbury Star, 1 March 2013.
- Anderton, Ethan (10 July 2014). "Someone is Watching Ryan Reynolds in US Trailer for 'The Captive'". firstshowing.net. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
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